After the CPI (M), the CPI has also plans to field candidates in Ganjam, the home district of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

It comes at juncture when some top leaders of the party are still hopeful of seat sharing with the ruling BJD and the national general secretary of the CPI, A.B.Bardhan has reached Bhubaneswar.

But till now the BJD has not shown any signal regarding seat sharing with the left parties.

Since January, the BJD leaders had hinted that they would contest in all Assembly segments of Ganjam district without conceding any seat to left parties.

According to district secretary of the CPI Prakash Patra, the district committee of the party has finalised the constituencies in Ganjam district where the party will contest.

The list has been sent to the State secretariat of the party for analysis and the names of candidates for these constituencies in Ganjam district will be declared by the State executive.

The Ganjam district unit of the CPI has proposed to contest in four Assembly seats in district, namely, Chatrapur, Sanakhemundi, Aska and Khallikote.

It is also thinking of fielding a candidate in Aska parliamentary constituency.

The CPI (M) has already declared its State secretariat member Ali Kishore Patnaik as candidate for Berhampur parliamentary constituency.

As per the understanding, in 2009 the CPI had contested in Chatrapur and Sanakhemundi Assembly seats and had won in Chatrapur.

‘Support base’

As per CPI leaders, their victory in Chatrapur was due to the support base of the left parties in the area and they feel they would be able to repeat the feat this time even without the support of the BJD.

CPI (M) State secretary Janaradan Pati had alleged that during last Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, despite seat sharing, the BJD had not wholeheartedly supported the left parties in the election process.

Although till now no joint meeting for election planning has been organised by the CPI and the CPI (M) in the district, leaders of both parties say they will join hands during campaign.

Mr Ali Kishore said during past elections also the CPI (M) had provided all possible support to the CPI candidates and it would be repeated during recent elections.

  • Some top leaders of the party are still hopeful of seat-sharing with BJD

  • Party secretary A. B. Bardhan arrives in Bhubaneswar